“Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPLâ€ will be recognized at this yearâ€™s VMAS, as a nominee in the category â€œBest Fight Against the System.â€ A category that reflects the audienceâ€™s passion and activism around social justice issues
The song, which was recorded by Taboo of Black Eyed Peas and the â€œMagnificent Sevenâ€; a group of Native American artist from different tribes. Serves as a powerful song serves as a statement of support to those who have embraced the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Native American actor Martin Sensmeire and actress/activist Shailene Woodley also make appearances in the nominated video.
Many Native American artists from various tribes, got together to create the song, which is meant to serve as a both a tool of awareness and anthem for the indigenous people across the country who have united in the effort to stop the DAPL. Aside from the appearance of Sensmeire and Woodley; the video also feature real footage from the front lines at Standing Rock.
â€œThe purpose of this video was to shine the light on this very important cause â€“ pairing that with recognition from MTV is incredible,â€ said Spencer Battiest, Hard Rock Records alumnus, member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and one of the â€œMagnificent Seven.â€ â€œThis song is the only one nominated without a record label, which I think is very powerful and special â€“ and weâ€™re proud to be doing our part to raise awareness for native issues.â€
Fans can cast their vote now through August 27th at 3 p.m. as a means of supporting the Native American artists and spreading awareness of #NoDAPL and other indigenous resistance messages. The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 at 8 p.m. ET.